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September 2011
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Tyler Spurgeon at Nox Contemporary
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Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month

In Deficient Tyler Spurgeon explores what he terms “our societally imposed sense of inadequacy.”|0| With works emphasizing the pressures and insecurities inherent in modern societal existence, Spurgeon poses the question: Who or what determines the individual’s value? Spurgeon wages a two-pronged visual and thematic attack on the subject of deficiency, using the motifs of hanging meat and abstracted human forms as his visual vocabulary.

ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: An exhibit of works by Van Chu, and a collaborative installation by Suzanne Simpson and Jim Frazer. Van Chu will exhibit his latest body of work further exploring the concept of combining photography and painting.|1| Surrounded, by artists and long-time friends Jim Frazer and Suzanne Simpson will be featured in the West Gallery. They describe this work as “a collaboration, mixed media and large scale durational performance, employing students, technicians and other artisans." The work addresses environmental degradation, transformation and recognition of life’s ethereal fragility.|2|

LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, organized by Donna Poulton, UMFA curator of art of Utah and the West, features more than 130 paintings and works on paper from the 1930s (see our review page 5). AND: Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect showcases a large body of work presented in two locations (UMFA and the Salt Lake Art Center).|3| UPCOMING: Containing a diverse range of artworks from around the world, Color utilizes over twenty pieces from the UMFA's permanent collection to explore the relationship of color to artists and audiences using color as a connector across cultures and time. Includes works by Robert Motherwell, Alex Katz, Anna Campbell Bliss, and more. While visiting the gallery, be sure to use the hands on color collage wall to create your own color compositions.

BROADVIEW UNIVERSITY'S KAYE MYHRE GALLERY (240 East Morris Ave, 3rd Floor) UP: Librarian by Day: The Art of Campus Librarian Casey Landau includes ten series spanning the last ten years. In her most recent series, Men With Beards, sixteen intimate charcoal portraits of bearded men are accented by tiny, surprising details, like a miniature snowman folded behind an ear.|4|

SALT LAKE ART CENTER UP: Fallen Fruit of Utah, an exhibit put on by the Fallen Fruit Collective, draws from the permanent collections of the Church History Museum, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum and The Fairview Museum and others to explore symbolic qualities of fruit trees in Utah. AND: Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect will showcase a large body of work presented in two locations (UMFA and the Salt Lake Art Center) and will debut with a free public celebration at both venues on opening night. AND: In the Locals Only Gallery, Bild, an installation by Jared Clark composed of urban and domestic objects which takes as its springboard the tenets of Minimalist primary sculptural forms (see page 4) |5| AND: Looped: Enduring, durational performances by Jamie McMurry and Nikolaj Larsen. In Nikolaj Larsen’s video My Cat and I the artist holds a cat in his arms for several minutes as he attempts the impossible task of creating a motionless portrait of video and photographic portraiture, using the presence of an uncooperative animal to illuminate the artifice of human social constructs. Jamie McMurry 365 Performances, documents the artist as he enacts one performance art piece per day for an entire year. In In the County Fair Series, McMurry obsessively engages in earnest and laborious repetitions of the traditional and leisurely acts of competition that one encounters at carnivals or county fairs, turning "fun" into a dogged pursuit of rewards.

KAYO GALLERY UP: New drawings and illustration by Dan Christoffersen|6|, and photography-based work by Joshua Winegar. UPCOMING: Our Intrepid Delusion, new work by Aunia Kahna, whose hybrid art melding photography, painting and collage creates fantastical scenes that deal with emotional tension. |7|

UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UP: 99 Most Beautiful Names of God, an exhibit of glass sculptures representing the “most beautiful” names of God in the Qur’an, by BYU professor Andrew Kosorok.|8| After research and discussion with members of Sunni, Shi’a, and Sufi communities Kosorok has responded to each Name, sculpting with cold-worked flat glass, a traditionally Occidental medium. The sculptures are influenced by architectural form, medieval bookbinding techniques, and awareness of mathematical and spatial geometry, a response to Islam's unique modes of expressing God. Also on display, paintings, fabrics and other items reflecting the Muslim faith.

WILLIAMS FINE ART UP: New works by Susan Gallacher. Other newly-arrived paintings by Kate Starling, Walter Rane and David Meikle. UPCOMING: Partners Retrospective, featuring work by artists who have participated in Art Access' 17 year mentoring program (see page 6).

ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: 17th Annual Partner Exhibit, and 15th Annual Teen Exhibit. UPCOMING: Paintings by mother/son duo Dottie and Chris Miles. AND: Whimsical oil pastels on brown paper bags by Brian Bean in Access II Gallery.

CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UPCOMING: Calligraffiti, encaustic and mixed media works by painter/ architectural designer Toni Youngblood,|9| along with the unveiling of her portrait commission of a Salt Lake City musician. At the opening reception, Friday, September 16 live music will be performed by David Halliday and Chris Hough.

ART AT THE MAIN UP: Modern Classic, Sandy Fullmer's realistic oil paintings tickle the senses with a realism that lets you smell the roses, taste the pears or feel the sun hitting the hay bales. UPCOMING: Returning from a year and a half mission assignment in Paris, France, artist Diana Stover presents works in her favored medium, pastel, as well as "watercolor batik."|10| AND: Repetere, three-dimensional works by Noah Coleman,|11| Coleman's sculptures are often kinetic and tend to use repurposed materials or objects such as nails, rusted metal, and toys. They either reflect the repeated action of the artist, or demonstrate repetition with movement powered by small motors.

UTAH ARTIST HANDS UP: Wild (about) Horses, works by Carole Wade,|12| Willamarie, Willie Holdman and Gary Hansen. UPCOMING: Autumnal, works by gallery artists celebrating the season.

GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP: In her new paintings featured in Magnetic Jacqui Larsen "examines laws, both real and imagined, that bind us to this sweetly turning planet, and how we attempt, and sometimes succeed, in thwarting them." Her iconic images of houses, toys, furniture, beast, fish and fowl float across fields of color and fancy.|13|

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER UPCOMING: The insipiration for Liza Julien's mixed-media collages comes from a life-long fascination with the “art” materials she finds day-to-day.|14| Security envelopes, caps, lids, junk mail, leaves, bubble wrap, labels, barcodes, maps, coffee cup sleeves, and magazine ads impart both a visual and physical “feel” to collage that ignites her imagination. Her works are intended to function on multiple levels: close-up the work reveals minute details of the materials, then physical layering interrelates them, and finally the composition addresses the intent of the piece.

ANDERSON FOOTHILLL LIBRARY UP: Transcendence: in her debut show and first solo exhibition Lisa Orr exhibits 15 abstract paintings exploring various emotional states: the paintings can be very direct, or vague and elusive, allowing room for exploration (see page 3).

PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Annual summer group show. UPCOMING: A new series of multi-media portrait paintings by John Erickson (see our profile page 1). AND: In the Dibble Gallery Petit x 4, works by Bill Lee, Marwan Nahle, Ed Bateman & Dale Bryner.
Bill Lee at Phillips Galler

STOLEN & ESCAPED GALLERY UP:Travis Bone poster art prints. UPCOMING: Timbre, a new exhibition of work by Cara Despain centered around a stop-action animation she created for the show is an investigation of drawing, contradictory materials, loneliness and passive tension. In addition to the animation the exhibit will include preliminary drawings and a live sonic component for opening night.

LOCAL COLORS UP: Beautiful landscapes and Western art by oil painter David Arthur Jones, and unique color, perspective and framing by Local Colors' newest photographer Bonnie Brezette.

KEN SANDERS RARE BOOKS UP: Utah landscape photography by Nilauro Maurus, a recent Utah transplant whose eye has been captivated by the light and landscapes of the state. His latest works range from shots of our local Wasatch Mountains to the sandstone and carved canyons of southeastern Utah.

GRAY WALL GALLERY UP: Penny Lane, James Haymond and Michael Rusnack, along with many gallery favorites including Daren Young and Matthew Hall.

15th STREET GALLERY UP: A collection of work by local architect Joe Jacoby. UPCOMING: Abstract oil on aluminum by Tom Carlson and landscapes by Scott Hale.

ROSE WAGNER ART CENTER UP: All Dressed Up, sculpture made from found objects by Carol Fulton, and paintings by Bill Fulton.

UTAH ARTS ALLIANCE UP:Selected Works, featuring artists from the Captain Captain Studios -- imaginative works on paper, paintings, drawings and sculpture from Tessa Lindsey, Chase Leslie, Trent Alvey, Berk Frei, Michelle Christensen, Chris Rudert, Steve Larson, Justin Carruth, Trent Call, Sri Whipple & Trent Call, Hazel Janet, and Trevor J. Dopp.

Jason Christensen at Central GalleryCENTRAL GALLERY UP: Utah's Earthly Wonders, photographs of nature's subtle light captured by Jason Christensen with a large format camera.

(461 East 200 South) UP: Photography by Melinda Redd featuring images of landscapes, plants and ranching in Southeastern Utah, and the debut of a selection of images from Paris and rural France.

UP: Cindy Ferguson, Desarae Lee and Danny Madsen. Each artist will have their own solo space within the gallery. UPCOMING: David Habben, Troy Henderson and Ryan Harrington.

Journey of the Wounded Bird, an insight into and exploration of the creative process by Dave Borba.

CAFFE NICHE UP: Fish sculptures by Randi Lile. UPCOMING: Abstract paintings of Paul Reynolds exploring subjects of daily life and celebrating the colors of fall.

MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E. 300 S.) UP: Jannicke Swing's large-scale abstract works, the digitally organic paintings of Joseph Taylor and photo realistic bicycle still-lifes by Steve Smock. Also get out of jail free with Paul Heath's Monopoly Cards.

DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: Early Utah Arti UPCOMING: New works by Brian Kershisnik.

Collectors Edition, featuring artwork from local art collectors along with their stories and thoughts on collecting art.

MESTIZO ARTS UP: Sri Whipple, Spencer Barton, Christian Michael and Brody Froelich. UPCOMING: Ethnography of Loveamor, the reclaiming of loveamor as a revolutionary act. Through the collaboration of artists, writers, poets and familia this exhibit exposes and gives the community the intimacies of loveamor often sheltered out of fear.

PATRICK MOORE GALLERY UP: NYC Sidewalks, new works by Layne Mecham.

CHURCH HISTORY MUSEUM UP: LeConte Stewart: The Soul of Rural Utah. (see our August edition)

HORNE FINE ART UPCOMING: Phyllis Horne - The Poetry of Trees, a series of landscape paintings that span the seasons and brings focus to the artist's gift for capturing the power and character of trees. Also, bold new patio and garden scenes by Karen Horne.

CHAPMAN LIBRARY UP: Art by Jerry Hardesty.

HOUSE GALLERY UP: Feature Length Painting, new digital images on canvas by James Huckenpahler, derived from a movie the artist made last fall.

All Together Now, paintings by Jodi Steen, kiln-formed glass by Sarinda Jones, and acrylic on aluminum by Sheri Gibb.

UAF GALLERY UPCOMING: New York State of Mind with Larry Goldman, Anne Timpson and Joseph Casalino.

A GALLERY UPCOMING: In Connections: Painting Life, a solo exhibition of works by Brent Godfrey, the artist blends expressive abstract marks with figurative elements to form narrative works that gaze at personal experience and make social observations.
Brent Godfrey

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